Feds raid Ed Burke’s office; photo via Chicago Sun Times reporter Mark Brown
On Thursday, feds raided the Chicago City Hall office of a lawyer who used to do tax work for President Trump.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, federal agents removed everyone from the office of Chicago Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke and put brown paper on the doors.
Ed Burke previously helped Donald Trump with his property taxes, reducing Trump’s tax burden on his Chicago skyscraper by $14 million.
Trump and Burke decided to go their separate ways earlier this year citing “irreconcilable differences.”
“Source says feds showed up this am, asked everyone to leave and put brown paper on the doors,” tweeted Chicago Sun Times reporter, Fran Spielman.
Source says feds showed up this am, asked everyone to leave and put brown paper on the doors. pic.twitter.com/4qJBwzoKF4
— Fran Spielman (@fspielman) November 29, 2018
“Eight more federal agents just arrived at Burke’s ward office.”
Eight more federal agents just arrived at Burke’s ward office. pic.twitter.com/GR8pCOA0Ga
— Mark Brown (@MarkBrownCST) November 29, 2018
The Chicago Sun Times reported:
Federal agents showed up unannounced at the City Hall office of Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke, kicked everyone out and papered over the windows Thursday morning.
The nature of their visit was not known, but Ald. Burke (14th) has dodged dozens of federal investigations over five decades in Chicago politics.
Federal agents also showed up to Burke’s ward office and papered over the windows there.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment. Calls to the FBI office in Chicago and the IRS criminal investigations division were not immediately returned.
Burke’s brother, state Rep. Dan Burke, reached in Springfield, was stunned by the news.
“It’s shocking. I don’t know what to think,” Burke said from his state capitol office.
“I don’t have a clue. Any time there is this type of thing, where they come in and paper your windows, certainly that’s a concern. But I know my brother. For his entire life and career he’s been abiding by the law.”
Burke is leaving the legislature, having been defeated by a little-known candidate backed by Jesus “Chuy” Garcia after a campaign dominated by Ed Burke’s property-tax reduction work for the tower along the Chicago River bearing the name of Donald Trump.
President Trump is being harassed by the Deep State and Robert Mueller once again as he leaves the country and heads to Argentina for this weekend’s G-20 Summit.
Also happening Thursday morning: Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress after Mueller interrogated him for 70 hours.